The training is a series of challenges built upon the fundamental need for competition among the scholars, and laced with one tenant of leadership after another to draw the scholars closer together. In turn, the training regimen enhances those principles of leadership and scholarship within each one of them, and ensures complete comprehension and commitment to produce quality work in a results-based program.
When training concludes the scholars are released to their communities where they are charged with executing a year-long community service initiative, with the responsibility of achieving results and delivering sustainable change.
At the conclusion of the program the scholars are then recognized at the annual banquet. This year the Fifth Annual Ford Leadership Scholars Banquet was held in Austin, January 7, 2015. The event allowed the scholars the opportunity to showcase the service leadership projects they have chosen this past semester through exhibit-style booths. Texas Ford dealer representatives, mentors, parents and special guests, including keynote speaker, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams, toured the exhibits and asked students questions about their projects.
The Ford Leadership Scholars program believes that learning is a lifelong process, with every challenge and responsibility inherently creating and providing an opportunity for personal growth. In that context, the Ford Scholars’ Mentors provide the guidance required to ensure that every learning opportunity is realized and experienced to its fullest extent, and to guide the scholars from principle-based commitment, to community-driven results.
Aaron Alejandro, Executive Director of the Texas FFA Foundation, describes fully why the FLS program has finally scratched the surface of the successes that are possible for these scholars.
“As these scholars are seniors in High School the Texas FFA Association isn’t naïve enough to believe that we are the only program and organization wanting these students’ attention” said Alejandro. “Since the scholars have competed for their opportunity to be in the program, we now have to compete for them. The referenced competition is not for their time, not for their mere attention, but for their minds.”
When we succeed in our competition for the scholar’s minds, we capture the opportunity to fully embed the intent of the program, and the true tenants of leadership the program sets out to cultivate. From concepts, to principles, to results, the tenants of leadership driven by the Ford Leadership Scholars Program are gearing up for another year of changing lives and enhancing communities, ten scholars at a time. The platform is leadership, the promise is progress; and with Ford and the Texas FFA involved, we can rest assured that phenomenal results lie ahead for those bold enough to take the FLS Leadership journey and truly go further.